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    This two day program allows high school students to experience the devastating effects of drinking while driving. Acting as victims of an alcohol-related car crash, two students are transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center where doctors try to heal the students. Students' parents and entire student body are involved in the program. (Published Thursday, March 24, 2016)

    Two Leland High School students played victims of a DUI crash for a national program to prevent teens from driving while intoxicated,

    "Every 15 Minutes" is a two-day California Highway Patrol program which allows high school students to experience the devastating effects of drinking while driving.

    Acting as victims of an alcohol-related car crash, two students are transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center where doctors try to heal the students. Students' parents and entire student body are involved in the program. 

    "When kids die, it's miserable," said Dr. Ronald Jou of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. "If we can get kids to make good decisions every day I think it's important."

    The “Every 15 Minutes” program originated in the 1990’s when someone in the United States died in an alcohol-related traffic collision every 15 minutes.  Today, someone dies every 30 minutes from an alcohol-related crash.